Tag Archives: Emotions

Controlling Stress, Anxiety & Depression by Fasting (2/2)

Abstention and Fasting On Yom Kippur, the Torah commands us to “afflict ourselves” by not eating. To not eat is to suffer. G-d gives us this day to try and wake us up, to shake us out of our slumber, … Continue reading

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Controlling Stress, Anxiety & Depression by Fasting (1/2)

Fasting, Abstinence & Lifestyle O God. Give me the power to be strengthened inwardly and to empty my heart of all vain care and anxiety, so that I may not be drawn away by many desires, whether for precious things … Continue reading

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Virtual Pavlov – Conditioning the Salivating Heart (2/2)

Manipulating the Heart Our emotions are constantly being aroused, tantalized and exploited by marketers. Even great works of art and music, originally designed for far nobler purposes, are today used to reach deep into our hearts and manipulate our moods … Continue reading

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Virtual Pavlov – Conditioning the Salivating Heart (1/2)

Conditioning the Heart Lord, teach me to listen. The times are noisy and my ears are weary with the thousand raucous sounds which continuously assault them. Give me the spirit of the boy Samuel when he said to Thee, “Speak, … Continue reading

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Sacred Music: Rhythms of Spiritual Energy (2/2)

Sacred Music — Reverence & Joy Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright. Praise the LORD with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings. Sing unto him a new … Continue reading

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Spiritual Pain: A Measure of the Heart (2/2)

  Benefits of Spiritual Pain Faith is not a light which scatters all our darkness, but a lamp which guides our steps in the night and suffices for the journey. To those who suffer, God does not provide arguments which … Continue reading

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Spiritual Pain: Trials, Afflictions and Suffering (1/2)

Spiritual Pain: A Measure of Hearts Pain insists on being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience but shouts to us in our pain. It is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world. [C. … Continue reading

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Principles Beyond Pleasure: The Reality of Divine Joy

Pleasure of God Thou dost show me the path of life; in Thy presence there is fulness of joy, in Thy right hand are pleasures for evermore. [Psalm 16:1]. A gap, perhaps an abyss, exists between our daily life and … Continue reading

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A Hunger for Life — An Appetite for Death

Appetite for Life If you are able to fast, you will do well to observe some days beyond what are ordered by the Church, for besides the ordinary effect of fasting in raising the mind, subduing the flesh, confirming goodness, and obtaining … Continue reading

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Willpower, Temptations and Attrition of Self-esteem

Willpower, Temptations and  Self-esteem There he [Jesus] told them, “Pray that you will not give in to temptation.” [Luke 22:40 ]. Temptations prompt us to accept behavior inimical to our well-being. These and enticements are precursors to what our conscience considers reprehensible … Continue reading

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The Good Cry: Wise Use of Tears

  The Good Cry As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them. [Luke 7:38]. Among the … Continue reading

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Suffering & Grief: Finding Spiritual Consolation in Divine Comfort

Spiritual Suffering The LORD hears those who cry out, and he delivers them from all their distress. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted, and he delivers those whose spirit has been crushed. A righteous person will have many troubles, … Continue reading

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Media and the Mind: Molding Attitude & Behavior

Choosing Media for the Mind  Suffice it meanwhile that each of us literally chooses, by his ways of attending to things, what sort of a universe he shall appear to himself to inhabit. [William James, The Principles of Psychology]. Changing our … Continue reading

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The Gift of Tears: Soaking Emotions in Sincerity

The Gift of Tears Pray first for the gift of tears, so as to soften through contrition the wildness that dwells in your soul, so that by “confessing your transgressions to the LORD,” you may obtain forgiveness from him … … Continue reading

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A World of Worries? — Let Nothing Disturb You

In a World of Worries — Let Nothing Disturb You Let nothing disturb you. Let nothing make you afraid. All things are passing. God alone never changes. Patience gains all things. If you have God you will want for nothing. God … Continue reading

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Spiritual Exercises: Managing Negative Thoughts & Emotions

Negative Thoughts: Toxic Intrusions into Our Mind I presuppose that there are three kinds of thoughts in me: that is, one my own, which springs from my mere liberty and will;  and two others, which come from without, one from the … Continue reading

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Culinary Paranoia: Anxiety & Stress of Diet & Nutrition

  Diet, Nutrition, Anxiety & Stress Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? … So do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” … Continue reading

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Divine Rest: Relief for the Worried, Troubled and Depressed

  Rest that Awakens the Heart For it is out of His grace that He has made for you the night and the day, so that you might rest therein as well as seek to obtain [what you need] of His bounty: … Continue reading

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Divine Therapy: Healing Power of Sacred Texts

  Healing and Scripture For just ask the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For just as the rain and snow come down from heaven, and … Continue reading

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